In the days, months and years following the September 11 terrorist attacks, scores of funeral professionals from across the country traveled to New York City, volunteering their time to assist in recovery efforts, contact families, identify remains and help grieving families plan services for their loved ones. For many, this meant traveling a great distance and leaving their own families behind to help other families who were grieving unfathomable loss. Their stories, for the most part, have gone untold over the past two decades.
In this powerful episode, four funeral directors share their stories.
Learn more when you read Remembrance and Resonance: The 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on the Remembering A Life blog.
About Our Guests
Dominic Carella is the Managing Partner of Donohue-Cecere Funeral Home in Westbury, NY. He received an associate’s degree focused in Mortuary Science and Embalming/Embalmer from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. He has been a licensed funeral director for 33 years.
Listen to Dominic's interview here:
John Carmon, CFSP
John Carmon is a funeral director and president of Carmon Community Funeral Homes in various cities throughout Connecticut. He was president of the National Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Listen to John's interview here:
Bryant Hightower, CFSP
Bryant Hightower is a funeral director at Martin & Hightower Funeral Home in Carrollton, Georgia. He is the current president of the National Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors (2019 - 2021).
Listen to Bryant's interview here:
Christie Whitaker, MSW, CFSP, Licensed Funeral Director
Christie is a native of Newberry, South Carolina, and is a funeral director at Whitaker Funeral Home. She received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College and her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She has completed additional course work in a number of areas including critical incident stress management and mass fatalities incident response courses. Christie is a licensed funeral director and has been involved in funeral service since 1970.
Listen to Christie's interview here: